Taking Pictures of Your Children: a QuickStart Guide to Documenting Your Family Life at Any Time, any Place with any Camera
A Brief Story
I have been a photographer for about ten years, a parent for six, professional family photographer for three and a photography teacher for two.
Though I was really involved into photography long before my children were born, taking pictures while taking care of my first child turned out to be a real challenge and seemed to be almost impossible at the beginning.
It took time to figure out how to document my family life in a way I really want. And how to make it not an annoying and sometimes frustrating experience (for all the participants!) but a truly harmonious and emotional one.
I succeed and it gave me the confidence to start photographing other families. It turned out that some things which work for my family and my children absolutely did not work with others. They turned out to be as individual as every child and every family is. But there were some things which worked every single time with any family in any situation. They seemed to be really universal.
I formulated five basic principles of taking pictures of your children and family. They are really simple and can help you to improve the way to capture children and your family life regardless of your photography skills, location or camera.
I put those principles together and created a guideline which include five practical exercises illustrating each of the principles. That is why this guideline makes it really easy to understand what I mean and to immediately improve the way your are taking pictures of your children and family.
There are no technical terms you will have to learn and master, you will not need much time to fulfil the exercises (you will need about 15 minutes for each). And you can keep taking pictures with any device you are using now.
Of course a better camera can allow you to take pictures of a better quality but the camera itself has nothing to do with the emotional value of your pictures. You can take pictures which are close to your heart with anything!
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I would like to add more steps into my guideline, but I am a little bit overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Could you please help me to narrow them down and tell me in the comments what are two main questions you would like to get the answers to? Many thanks!